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Xbox One Elite Announced - Arrives on Nov. 3rd

Aug 31, 2015 - 12:39 PM - by garyopa
New $499 Xbox One Elite bundle includes 1TB SSHD drive, Elite controller

A new Xbox One Elite, featuring the high-end remake of the controller and an 1TB SSHD harddrive, goes on sale this November for $499, Microsoft announced this morning.


Want to be an Elite Gamer, go Xbox, and buy the new Elite package, and its only $499 and boot-up time is 20 percent faster, not to mention it includes that super-duper swappable controller that sells for $149 on its own, sadly to go Elite means you have you shop at GameStop or online via Microsoft Store, as other places currently will NOT be carrying the new Elite SKU on their store shelves.

The console will only be available at GameStop and the Microsoft Store in November, starting on Nov. 3, according to the press release.

Because this console will include a Solid State Hybrid Drive, which stores frequently-accessed files on a solid state partition, Microsoft is saying that players will be able to boot up their console from energy-saving mode 20 percent faster.

The press release doesn't say what the size is of the SSD partition, but we've reached out to Microsoft for clarification and will update this story when they respond.

The Elite controller included with the console was first shown off during E3 earlier this year. It features swappable parts as is due out this October for $149.99.
So there you go, instead of Microsoft with their slow sales, releasing a cheaper, slimmer, Xbox One, they decided to increase sales, so go for the hard-core Elite Gamer, and release a bigger, stronger, faster, more costly Xbox One this holiday season, but will their idea work, and make them the King of the Hill this season, with better, bigger, sales then the current leader the Sony PlayStation 4.

NEWS SOURCE: New $499 Xbox One Elite bundle includes 1TB SSHD drive, Elite controller (via) PolyGon
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Dying Light Co-Op Demo Available Now

Aug 28, 2015 - 12:23 PM - by garyopa
Not sure if Dying Light is nightmare fuel?

Well, you can find out without purchasing the game thanks to a handy, three-hour demo available now. Don't forget to watch the video of creative user reviews that is attached below, along with the PR


If you wondering about the new Dying Light expansion, why not try out the new three-hour co-op demo that is available now for your Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles, that way you can see if it worth-while for you to get into the dying mood or run away screaming.

Techland announced today that a free demo of its critically-acclaimed zombie game Dying Light is now available to download on Xbox One and PC, with the PlayStation 4 demo out later today in North America. The demo lets players explore most of the Slums area and offers 3 hours of unique content, including one story quest chain and a number of side quests, challenges, and random encounters. It also features all the core gameplay mechanics of Dying Light, such as the day and night cycle, parkour-based Natural Movement system, creative brutality and crafting. Additionally, the demo supports online co-op mode for up to 4 players.

"With the demand for Dying Light still high after more than half a year on the market, we wondered what else we could do to help players decide which game to buy", says producer Tymon Smektała. "Then we thought: demoes were pretty much a standard in the previous generation, but suddenly they've become few and far between. So we decided to use some of our resources to release a demo now and let everyone experience our game first-hand."

Primarily Techland is also currently working on a story-based expansion titled Dying Light: The Following, which will introduce drivable dirt buggies, a new massive map, and a new progression system to the game. Yesterday the company released 15+ minutes of uncut gameplay from the expansion, which can be watched here. Dying Light: The Following will be priced at $14.99, while all Season Pass holders will receive the expansion completely free.
So what you think of the game so far, have you read the reviewes, or is it just something that does not push your gaming buttons.

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Destiny: The Taken King - Livestream Tomorrow

Aug 25, 2015 - 6:06 PM - by garyopa
Destiny: The Taken King, will be finally available on Tuesday, September 15th, for all to enjoy!

Tomorrow, the Bungie team will continue to roll out all-new information for the upcoming Destiny: The Taken King


Have you been waiting to find out all the juicy details about the upcoming expansion for the Destiny game, well you don't have to worry, just 24 more hours of holding your breath, and then come back to MC and watch the 'Livestream' right here, and leave your comments!

On Wednesday, August 26th at 11:00am Pacific, Deej (Bungie Community Manager) will host a livestream straight from the studio with James Tsai (Design Lead) and community guest Mr. Fruit. They'll be infiltrating the Dreadnaught, fighting the Taken and debuting an all-new Strike against a rival Cabal invasion force deep within The Taken King's stronghold.

The livestream will be viewable here: http://www.twitch.tv/bungie.

Destiny: The Taken King, will be available on Tuesday, September 15th.

The community can interact directly with the developers at www.Bungie.net, www.facebook.com/Bungie and @Bungie on Twitter. For game information, visit www.DestinyTheGame.com and follow the official Destiny social channels at www.facebook.com/DestinyTheGame and @DestinyTheGame on Twitter.
So how many of our loyal MC readers will be MIA on launch day finally comes rolling around on September the 15th?

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SIERRA Launches Futurlab's Velocity 2X on Xbox One

Aug 20, 2015 - 9:47 AM - by garyopa
Acclaimed Arcade Shooter Arrives With New Daily Challenges and All DLC From its Original Release

Today Sierra™ launched Velocity® 2X, the award-winning arcade shooter from independent developer FuturLab, on Xbox One and Windows PC. This release contains more then the earlier PlayStation releases.


So if you enjoyed this game on the PlayStation, then you now be able to enjoy it all over again as this new released has been greatly updated for its launch on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC's, just take a look over the following PR and you will see what I mean.

Today Sierra launched Velocity® 2X, the award-winning arcade shooter from independent developer FuturLab, on Xbox One and Windows PC. These new and electrifying editions of the game feature ranked daily challenge levels plus all of the bonus content contained in the "Critical Urgency" and "Dual Core" DLC from its original release on PlayStation® systems.

A light-speed action game with responsive controls, Velocity 2X flows energetically between two trigger-testing genres: a top-down vertical shooter and a side-scrolling platformer. Whether dashing through enemy strongholds in the nimble Quarp Jet or on foot, players can unleash a barrage of attacks and teleport precisely through danger in the blink of an eye, rewarding gutsy moves and quick reflexes. Competitive leaderboards rank player performance by speed, completion percentage, and overall score to support dedicated speedrunners across each of the more than 50 stages in the game.

Set in the distant future, Velocity 2X stars Lt. Kai Tana, an ace fighter pilot who must use her raw firepower, wits, and agility to battle hostile aliens and free her fellow prisoners. The adventure bursts off the screen with bold art design inspired by the classics of 80s sci-fi, as well as a variety of colourful worlds, immense boss battles, dazzling visual effects, and a pulsing techno soundtrack.Velocity 2X is now available as a digital title on Xbox One through the Xbox Games Store and Windows PC via Steam for $19.99. It is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and Up) by the ESRB. For more information, please visit www.velocitygame.co.uk, and follow FuturLab on Facebook and Twitter.

About Sierra

Developer-led and player-focused, Sierra publishes highly curated titles that embody best-in-class efforts from indie developers. From providing development funding and deep first-party relations to marketing and retail distribution, Sierra caters to the individual needs of each indie studio. Sierra will primarily publish on digital distribution platforms including Xbox Live, PlayStation®Network and Steam for PC. For more information, please visit www.sierra.com.

About FuturLab

FuturLab is an award-winning game studio that develops and publishes critically acclaimed titles that are hugely satisfying to play. Priding itself on developing the most engaging ideas, FuturLab always seeks to elicit three levels of response from its target audience:

  1. Ooh, cool!
  2. Ahh, I see!
  3. Damn, that's really clever actually...

This means a high level of accessibility, an engaging level of depth, and most importantly an elegant way of delivering an experience, so that it has a lasting impact on its audience.
So have you tried out FuturLab's new game yet, and if so do you agree with their 3 levels of fun they are offering us gamers?

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XB1 Exec: We're Doing Things That 'Can't Be Done' On PS4

Aug 18, 2015 - 12:06 PM - by garyopa
'We've really got a lot more going on [than our competitors].'

According to Xbox executive Kudo Tsunoda, the Xbox One has 'a lot more going on' than the PlayStation 4 and other competing platforms.


The of Microsoft Xbox Studios says that with the cross-buy, backwards, PC streaming, Windows 10 and more coming, not to mention the better exclusive first-party line-up this holiday season, that overall Xbox is doing things that CAN NOT even be DONE on a the rival Sony PlayStation 4 console, even if Sony wanted to do it, they just CAN'T, it is not possible, the Xbox will be the ONE to buy this 'holiday'

In a new interview, Tsunoda talks about how Xbox One features like backwards compatibility, as well as cross-play and cross-buy with PC, give the Xbox One the upper hand.

"For a long time we've had PC gamers and console gamers who weren't really able to play together," Tsunoda told GameIndustry International. "That's why cross-play is still such a powerful idea. You should be able to play what you love, and play together, regardless of what device you're playing on. It's about connecting people."

"It's a really unique value that only we can offer," he added. "You still need very gamer-focused values, but there's lots of things you can do with our technology. We've really got a lot more going on [than our competitors]. We're doing things that can't be done on any other console."

Tsunoda went on to say that allowing people to play games "wherever they want, on whatever device they choose, and making that easy" is Microsoft's long-term goal for the overall Xbox ecosystem.

On the subject of backwards compatibility specifically, Tsunoda said he's happy to deliver a feature that fans have been clamoring for.

"With backwards compatibility, it isn't something that we just think gamers might want," Tsunoda explained. "We know. We're looking for and soliciting that feedback. It was the number one most requested feature for Xbox One by far."

For its part, Sony has said it has no plans to bring backwards compatibility to PS4.

Not only does the Xbox One have features and functionality that can't be found or delivered on competing platforms, but the console has a bigger lineup of exclusives than anyone else, Tsunoda said. "We've got a lot more exclusive games than any other platform," he stated.

Some of Microsoft's biggest upcoming Xbox One exclusives for this year include Halo 5: Guardians, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fable Legends, and Forza Motorsport 6. Looking into next year and beyond, Microsoft has Quantum Break, Sea of Thieves, Recore, and Inside, among others.

Sony, on the other hand, has admitted that its first-party games lineup for this year is "a little sparse."
So what do you make of Tsunoda's statements, does he speak the truth, is he of course spinning the facts in favor of Xbox, being that is company he works for, and second do you think Sony will step up to the plate and offer some of the 'missing' features on their PS4 console later on, or will they just tough it out, and see if their sales drop this 'holiday season' or not before making changes.

NEWS SOURCE: XB1 Exec: We're Doing Things That 'Can't Be Done' On PS4 (via) GameSpot
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Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 - Soundtrack Revealed

Aug 17, 2015 - 12:58 PM - by garyopa
ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, INC. REVEALS OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK FOR TONY HAWK’S® PRO SKATER™ 5

Today, Activision has announced the complete list of songs that will be on the Tony Hawk’s® Pro Skater™ 5 soundtrack, featuring selections from many top artists, please see below for all the details.


Tony Hawk is coming back, and just around the corner with its release scheduled for October 2nd, so what better way to get into the mood while you wait to do some high-flying tricks, jumps, turns, and backflips, by listening to some of best artists out there for skateboarding background music, and today the developers have posted up the full soundtrack listing they have picked out for THPS5.

Today Activision Publishing, Inc. announced the complete list of songs that will be on the Tony Hawk's® Pro SkaterTM 5 soundtrack, featuring selections from Ratatat, Yogi & Skrillex, Death From Above 1979, and many more.

The full Tony Hawk's® Pro Skater 5 track list include the songs below (the band or label's official link to each song included, where available):

Anti-Flag
"Stars and Stripes"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm5BgQFpUfI

Atmosphere
"Southsiders"
https://youtu.be/ul_SvctiuXY?list=PL061AB85EF16D6C54

Black Pistol Fire
"Hipster Shakes"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFvGga7jwuE

Bully
"Milkman"
https://youtu.be/3TP0iJSzLxU

Cloud Nothings
"I'm Not Part of Me"
https://youtu.be/74TP8QhupLU

Cold Cave
"A Little Death to Laugh"
https://youtu.be/ELRvdyMwVQw

Connie Price and the Keystones
"International Hustler"
https://youtu.be/HwrvbaEblFs?list=PL...Qtyz4p6uAp0DdD

Crass Mammoth
"All 149"
https://youtu.be/eRNJs_59X90

Deaf Poets
"Degenerate Mind"
https://youtu.be/8I4SLIVu7j4

Death
"Keep On Knocking"

Death From Above 1979
"Virgins"
https://youtu.be/rJz0rq1gVLk

Deer Mother
"When The Wolves Come Out"
https://soundcloud.com/deermothermus...olves-come-out

Doomtree
"Mini Brute"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhp4y3SX5Pc

Fake P
"Rorschach"

Family Force 5
"Raised By Wolves"
https://youtu.be/KCjHKY-gJGk?list=PL...xvCl50eKSj6sG4

Four Year Strong
"Go Down In History"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA7OI3jW94s

Harlan
"Moment To Myself"

Hundred Visions
"Our Ritual"

Hungry Hands
"Highline"

Icon For Hire
"Cynics and Critics"
https://youtu.be/lAo389WHcJo?list=PL...5SCVYVVeoGgsrx

Killer Be Killed
"Wings of Feather and Wax"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVE2GFvQhyM

New Politics
"Everywhere I Go"
https://youtu.be/NdMeiRlOz1o

Plague Vendor
"Black Sap Scriptures"
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Xbox One Gets Acclaimed Super Mega Baseball Today

Aug 14, 2015 - 2:14 PM - by garyopa
Called Extra Innings, this new XB1 version is expanded on their original PS3 and PS4 game releases.

As Major League Baseball's real-world pennant race gets more exciting, independent developer Metalhead Software on Friday released the Xbox One version of its acclaimed Super Mega Baseball.


If you been waiting to play baseball on your Xbox One, you are in luck as the Super Mega Baseball is moving over from PS4 to the XB1 via the self-publishing interface called ID@XBOX and the developers have throw in some extra exclusive content that will not be available to baseball fans on their earlier PS4 version for a whole month.

Called Extra Innings, the game comes to Xbox One by way of Microsoft's ID@Xbox self-publishing program. The game includes additional content not found in the original PlayStation game, including more stadiums, as well as "enhanced gameplay and improved baseball simulation."

These new features and content will also be made available in the previously released PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 versions of Super Mega Baseball through a free patch and DLC in September.

Extra Innings costs $20 on Xbox One, but Xbox Live Gold members can save 15 percent (knocking it down to $17) if they buy it within the next 10 days. This limited-time discount will also be available when the game comes to PC on August 21.

"Super Mega Baseball to us is a celebration of baseball and its culture, and I think we've also done the sport justice from a simulation perspective," Metalhead cofounder Scott Drader said in a statement.

Super Mega Baseball is not a licensed game, so don't expect to see your favorite Major League Baseball players or stadiums in the game. If that's a deal-breaker, you can play MLB 15: The Show on PlayStation consoles or RBI Baseball 15 on Xbox and PC.

Super Mega Baseball lets you play against the CPU or with up to four friends via local co-p. The game boasts a strong score of 85 on GameSpot sister site Metacritic.
Have you tried out their baseball game yet on PS4, and are you looking forward to it on your XB1, or would you instead just go outside and play catch with your son instead of sitting on the sofa enjoying some high-paced-action-baseball indoors on your big screen TV.


NEWS SOURCE: Xbox One Gets Acclaimed Super Mega Baseball Today (via) GameSpot
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How to unlock 'very high' quality Xbox One streaming

Aug 13, 2015 - 4:55 PM - by garyopa
Reddit posters have found a way to unlock a higher quality XB1 stream on your Windows 10 desktop PC.

One of the coolest features of Windows 10, if you have an Xbox One, is the ability to stream your console games to your Desktop Pc or Laptop, provided they’re on the same network.


Streaming your Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC is easy, and the reviews of it say it is one of best quality, less lag setups they have ever seen and tested, but recently some Reddit users have posted up a little 'registry hack' trick to make it even much better.

One of the coolest features of Windows 10, if you have an Xbox One, is the ability to stream your console games to your Desktop Pc or Laptop, provided they're on the same network. It's something I find myself using surprisingly often - especially when my kids are hogging the TV, and I have an overwhelming urge to shoot stuff or jump on things.

I use an Xbox 360 controller connected to my PC, and everything is mapped out as it should be - it's all rather magical, provided you're on a wired connection, or have Wi-Fi that's up to the task. If Xbox One Streaming does have a problem though, it's one of quality. Even on the highest available setting, the visual quality of the stream means games look worse than they should (though, it has to be said, better than PlayStation TV's remote play - and less laggy, too).

Some enterprising chaps over at Reddit have found a way to unlock a higher quality stream, and it's easy to do. Here's how:

[Close your Xbox App before you begin]

  • Step 1: Open File Explorer, and copy/paste this location:
    C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Packages\
  • Step 2: Scroll down and open the folder that starts with "Microsoft.XboxApp..."
  • Step 3: Open the folder LocalState
  • Step 4: Right click the file called "userconsoledata" and choose Open With.. (select Notepad or Wordpad)
  • Step 5: Change this:
    false
    into this: true
  • Step 6: Now open the Xbox App, begin streaming- and in the top right of the stream window, click the ((o)) button to select Very High.

Checkit:



I've done it myself, and can attest that it not only works - but improves the quality of the stream dramatically. What it seems to do is remove the limit on network bandwidth available to the Xbox One app - so even if you weren't getting great performance on high, you may have better streaming on "very high." Here's the wonderful Ori and the Blind Forest, streamed to PC:



And here, from the same Reddit thread, is a comparison between World of Tanks on High and Very High, clickable, to save your bandwidth.

High: http://i.imgur.com/OKgmjxI.png
Very High: http://i.imgur.com/VJ41dRS.png
So what do you think, and have you tried the Windows 10 to Xbox One hook-up yet?

NEWS SOURCE: How to unlock 'very high' quality Xbox One streaming in Windows 10 (via) LazyGamer
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Dying Light: The Following Reveal Trailer

Aug 13, 2015 - 8:12 AM - by garyopa
Price and Season Pass Offer Detailed

The reveal trailer for Dying Light: The Following is here! Don't you all just want to take a drive in the Harran countryside? The local population seems positively charming.


For the Zombie killing fans out there, the big expansion for Dying Light is coming someday, and to get you into the killing mood, here is a new trailer, along with the fact that 'season pass' holders will get it all for FREE, others sadly will need to fork over $14.99 for it.

After a successful showing at Gamescom 2015, Techland has released the reveal trailer for Dying Light: The Following - a story-based expansion set in a massive new area that's as big as the original maps from Dying Light combined. Dying Light: The Following will see Kyle Crane travel to a hazardous outback ruled by mysterious and fanatical cultists whose beliefs have unnerving connections with the zombie outbreak.

To get close to the cult and unravel their secrets, players will need to earn the trust of the locals. Through various missions and tasks, players will be able to choose their own path for infiltrating the inner circles of the cultists. In order to succeed in this harsh countryside, players will also gain access to fully customizable and upgradable dirt buggies. With its own unique skill tree, players will be able to traverse the vast expanse of the Harran countryside in what is their deadliest weapon yet.

"Gamescom 2015 was our first chance to let people play Dying Light: The Following so I was a bit nervous - admits producer Tymon Smektała. But so many positive reactions really showed me we made the right decision to work on this expansion. With its new map and far-reaching gameplay additions, it feels like we've hit the sweet spot for what players are expecting from us."

While a release date is still to be determined, Techland has confirmed that Dying Light: The Following will be priced at $14.99, while all Season Pass holders will receive the expansion completely free.
So there you go, are you ready to kill more zombies then you can handle, all is left for us to know is when the expansion is coming!

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Gaming is 'critical' to the success of Windows 10

Aug 12, 2015 - 1:28 PM - by garyopa
Microsoft is gearing up to make its big ugly Xbox One console a big part of its Windows 10 strategy!

Despite calls from analysts and shareholders to spin or sell off the division over the last several years, Microsoft leadership has always insisted that its Xbox console is a core part of its business


Windows 10 rolled out just under two weeks ago, and there been alot of fanfare about how the Xbox will be 'upgraded' to core Win 10 interface and app store system come this holiday season in November, and one of main reasons for this is Microsoft is pushing to connect the PC Master Gaming Race into the Dedicated Gaming Console Race, well of course the XBOX, other rivals can stay out, and miss all the fun of downloading Windows 10 apps onto their dashboard, and playing 'office' on your living room TV along with games.

"I think Windows itself will be a critical component to the success I think we can realize of Xbox itself - and gaming will be a critical component of the success of Windows. I really believe that," Microsoft Xbox boss Phil Spencer told gaming site Polygon in an interview.

The Xbox One console already has a bunch of Microsoft apps like OneDrive cloud storage and Skype. In November, Microsoft is going to take it a step further with a software update that installs a full-fledged version of the new Windows 10 operating system on the gaming console.

With Windows 10, Microsoft has shifted its strategy away from using the operating system itself as a high-revenue sales driver, instead using it as the bait to get you to spend more money with on Microsoft subscription services and apps.

"As Windows 10 has moved to free upgrade, and us focusing more on service and store, the importance of entertainment and games to the Windows ecosystem has become really prevalent to the company," Spencer told Polygon.

The Xbox One, as Microsoft's game-playing, media-consuming powerhouse of a TV set-top box, stands to drive a lot of that shift - people like to play games, and the more games there are for Xbox and Windows 10, the better-positioned the company is to take advantage.

Indeed, the Xbox One and Windows 10 are designed to play nicely together: You can stream games from an Xbox One console to a Windows 10 PC over your local network, via the new Xbox app. A bunch of Windows 10 games, like the Solitaire collection, integrate with your Xbox friends list.

It blurs the boundaries between the PC and the Xbox, and makes it more appealing to stay in Microsoft's carefully cultivated Windows 10 playground, since everything integrates with everything else. Microsoft's Minecraft is even coming to the HoloLens futuristic holographic computer, which is itself part of the Windows 10 gameplan.

That Windows 10 update even has the potential to let you run apps like Microsoft Office on the Xbox One, giving the games console a whole second life as a low-cost productivity machine (though Microsoft hasn't yet announced anything).

"When you look at the device ecosystems out there, you realize if any of these devices are going to work, games are one of the primary forms of applications people are going to play," Spencer says. "It's nice. It's all coming together in a nice way."
So do you think this idea of merging Windows and Xbox will work out in the end for the better, to make the gamer happy, or just upset with all the extra stuff he really does not want to be bother with understanding or learning, when all he wants 'games', Microsoft says they all about 'gaming', but so far all I see is talk about using Xbox as 'work computer', having mini-office on it, and so far the app store on PC Windows 10 side is very little in the 'way of good games', most of it is indie or FTP mobile type games!

NEWS SOURCE: Gaming is 'critical' to the success of Windows 10 (via) BusinessInsider
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